Flight MH370, a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, is missing after disappearing from radar over the South China Sea.
via Business Insider
The plane was carrying 239 people. A search is still ongoing.
As of 7 a.m. EST, the plane had still not been located, and the airline had not confirmed whether it had crashed. Vietnamese state media reported the plane has crashed into the South China Sea, quoting a senior naval official. Malaysia's transport minister later denied a crash scene had been identified.
The plane was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. About two hours after departure, radar contact was lost in Vietnamese airspace while the plane was traveling at 35,000 feet. There was no distress call.
You can read the official Malaysian Airlines Press Release in column 2.
Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident - 5th Media Statement
Saturday, March 08, 07:20 PM MYT
Sepang, 8 March 2014: The families of all passengers on board MH370 are being informed. The flight was carrying a total number of 239 passengers and crew – comprising 227 passengers (including 2 infants) and 12 crew members.
An international search and rescue mission was mobilized this morning. At this stage, our search and rescue teams from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam have failed to find evidence of any wreckage.
The sea mission will continue while the air mission will recommence at daylight.
For the passenger manifest of MH370, click here.
The passengers are of 14 different nationalities. All crew on-board are Malaysians.
The below table shows the latest number of passengers and their nationalities:-
China/Taiwan 153 including infant/1
USA 3 including infant
New Zealand 2
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